You can see the effects the pressure to make the Solheim Cup appears to be having at the Evian Masters.
Laura Diaz and Stacy Prammanasudh, 11th and 12th, respectively, on the U.S. Solheim Cup points list, both missed the cut.
The top 10 at the conclusion of next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open automatically make the team.
The interesting storyline brewing is over whom American captain Beth Daniel will choose as her two captain’s picks.
She may have a tough, tough choice to make with three candidates standing out.
Diaz and Prammanasudh better make the team on points with big finishes next week, because they’ve been moving backwards on the points list all season. Diaz hasn’t earned a point all year and Prammanasudh hasn’t earned a point in more than four months.
The three names Daniel has to be studying most closely as captain’s picks off the points list are No. 13 Pat Hurst, No. 14 Juli Inkster and No. 16 Michelle Wie, all of whom made the cut at Evian. No. 15 Jane Park shot 80 on Saturday and hasn’t earned a Solheim Cup point in more than four months.
It would be difficult to argue with Daniel taking Hurst and Inkster , a pair of Solheim Cup veterans, but Wie’s hotter and playing with better momentum. If all three remain outside the top 10, Daniel’s in a hard spot. Inkster , a Hall of Famer, may be looking at her last shot to play in the Solheim Cup. How do you deny her? Then again, Hurst is the only one of the three who has a victory this season.
Hurst and Inkster are good friends, but if Wie closes strong while staying outside the top 10 in points, are Inkster and Hurst pitted against each other in Daniel’s mind for the last captain’s pick?
As they say, stay tuned.